By: Jeffery Romeu
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Garrett Cooper missed the last few games because of his recurring right wrist injuries. Now he has once again been placed on the DL. Cooper missed the majority of the first half of the season after getting hit by a pitch in early April and just recently came off the DL from a contusion on the same wrist. However, it was discovered that he has a possible wrist sprain or worse depending on what diagnosis the specialist gives him later this week. This has been an unfortunate turn of events for the Marlins and Cooper as he was seen as a replacement power hitter in which the Marlins hoped to use after losing Stanton and Ozuna. However, this tragedy gives way to an opportunity for the young speedster acquired from the Ozuna trade, Magneuris Sierra.
This won’t be the first time Sierra plays the majors. He played 22 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017 and produced .317/.359/.317 along with 2 stolen bases. Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has even described him as fast as former Marlins Dee Gordon even though Sierra has had an on and off season in the minors. He will be promoted to the major with .260/.287/.341 plus 14 stolen bases but given the tough year most Marlins prospects have had in 2018, it will be interesting to see how Sierra flares in the majors. It is likely that he will be a constant leadoff hitter for the Marlins which will be a relief as the Marlins have rotated between a few players in the leadoff spot.
While prospects like Pablo Lopez have been decent in their time in the majors, players like Lewis Brinson has struggled greatly and is currently nursing a bruised hip. After multiple solid outings for Caleb Smith, he was placed on the DL for what will likely be the reminder of the season due to his Grade 3 Lat strain which will require surgery to repair. Finally, flame thrower Tayron Guerrero is expected to start throwing in the minors for an anticipated return and so is Drew Rucinski. Yet, it is obvious that this season the prospects for the Marlins have not performed as many would have hoped. As of now, most of the players received on the fire sale haven’t worked out.